- Jan 22, 2020
After U.S. government officials criticized the Vatican’s recent deal with China on the appointment of bishops, saying it has made religious persecution in the nation worse, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said there is a need to be patient, since the situation won’t change overnight.
Violating religious freedom harms not only the individuals being persecuted, it also damages communities and often opens the door to further violence, a Vatican representative said.
A British parliamentary report criticized the Indian government for failing to protect religious minorities from violent Hindu hard-liners.
A Pakistani official announced this week a new “Minorities Empowerment Package” and the creation of a task force to ensure the rights of religious minorities in the province of Punjab.
As Pakistan heads into parliamentary elections this week, the country’s minorities are looking for better representation and a voice that will speak up for them in what rights groups warn is in an increasingly intolerant atmosphere in this Muslim-majority nation.
Several Christian families have been assaulted and expelled from their village by local extremists for refusing to renounce their faith, drawing protest from an American group who says the attack violates the families’ rights under Indian law.